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Silverstone: Status GP practice report

MORAD LEADS THE WAY FOR STATUS GP AT SILVERSTONE Status Grand Prix driver Daniel Morad posted a Top 10 position in the opening practice session for this weekend's GP3 Series races at the British Grand Prix meeting at ...

MORAD LEADS THE WAY FOR STATUS GP AT SILVERSTONE

Status Grand Prix driver Daniel Morad posted a Top 10 position in the opening practice session for this weekend's GP3 Series races at the British Grand Prix meeting at Silverstone.

The GMH Motorsport-backed driver was consistently among the frontrunners throughout the 30-minute session around the 3.66-mile track, which is just one mile from Status GP's headquarters. Morad held two of the three fastest times in the designated lap sectors at one stage and, despite heavy traffic to contend with on his final set of tyres, the Canadian-Lebanese driver ended the session with the tenth place.

"It's my first time here at Silverstone, it's a very technical track with some challenging fast sections," said Morad. "I enjoyed it and feel we're in a position to move forward in tomorrow's qualifying session."

Marussia Motors development driver Ivan Lukashevich posted the 27th fastest time as he also encountered the famous British circuit for the first time. The 19-year-old Russian ended just over 2.0sec off the fastest time, but is confident about identifying areas to improve in Saturday morning's qualifying.

Status GP's third car driven by Canadian Robert Wickens, who came to Silverstone lying second in the championship, was struck by an engine problem that cost him nearly 14mph on the straights and prevented him from setting a representative time. The Status GP crew has set to work on the car with the series' engineers to cure the problem before tomorrow's qualifying, when Wickens will be carrying a 10-place grid penalty due to an infraction at the previous GP3 round in Valencia.

The Drivers' View

Robert Wickens (CAN): (Best time: 1m57.47s, +3.92s; Position: 30th).
"Unfortunately we suffered from an engine issue. I was never changing up into top gear and losing chunks of time on the straights. Definitely a downer for today, but we'll just have to pick ourselves up for qualifying."

Daniel Morad (LIB): (Best time: 1m54.17s, +0.62s; Position: 10th).
"It's good to be back in the Top 10, and we had a better time in us - it's tough to manage the traffic perfectly and get a clear lap, but I'm convinced we have a top six contending package here."

Ivan Lukashevich (RUS): (Best time: 1m55.78s, +2.23s; Start Pos: 27th).
"This is an excellent track and I've enjoyed learning my way around. Now I've seen the data I know absolutely what aspects I need to change and improve for tomorrow, so I'm encouraged we can rise up the order."

-source: status gp

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Series GP3
Drivers Robert Wickens , Daniel Morad , Ivan Lukashevich
Teams Status Grand Prix